Survey on populist attitudes, radical behaviors and demands for democracy in Western Europe

At a time when Europe is facing a populist wave, there is no comparative survey data capturing together populist attitudes, their sociological determinants and the psycho-political characteristics of voters. The POPEUROPA research project aims to fill this gap. It offers a general analytical and methodological framework for the measure and the comparative analysis of populist attitudes of European citizens. Drawing a link between socio-political factors, psycho-social factors and political values, attitudes and behaviors, the questionnaire brings together existing measures that were used in a disparate way and new ad hoc indicators. The database from the surveys fielded online during April 2019 in six European countries selected for the variety of their national socio-political configurations (Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, N=1300 each), enables to:

  1. Systematize the empirical test of several key hypotheses thanks to the comparative nature of the data,
  2. Innovate in the understanding of psychological underpinning of populism by the introduction of validated psycho-political measures, but still marginal in political surveys at the moment,
  3. Enrich the literature thank to the analysis of the structure of relations between populist attitudes, sociological determinants and psycho-political characteristics
  4. Provide novel data on demands for democracy, in addition to classic evaluative items
  5. Allow for a better understanding of the specificities of populist demand, especially on the left and right, through multiple combination of value items about economic, cultural and integration issues.

Participant.e.s du laboratoire: 

Project funding: 
IDEX UGA (IRS 2017-2018), Sciences Po Grenoble, PACTE
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About the project leader :

alexachl's picture Chloe Alexandre

PhD candidate since October 2016.

Under the supervision of F. Gonthier. This research project received funding from the ComUE Grenoble Alpes (Doctoral grant AGIR).

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